August 15, 2022

Quick cheap pasta dish

I am out this afternoon and will need to make a quick meal when I get home. I have got 109g of bacon off cuts in the fridge and some peas that I have been freezing as I harvest them every day, and so I thought that I would make our favourite pasta dish as we received some tagliatelle from the community pantry a few weeks ago.We will be eating in 15 to 20 minutes from me getting home. You can swop in what ever you have in eg I could have used a bit of pulled chicken instead of the ham, I could have added mushrooms instead of the peas, I could have added cheese and mustard powder to the sauce, I could have added leeks or spring onions instead of the onion, or I could have used any kind of pasta. It is nice to know that we don’t need to spend a lot on ingredients to live well, and as long as we have staples in our cupboard, we can make a nice meal with bits left in the fridge.

RECIPE _ serves 2 but if you add more meat, pasta and veg you could stretch it to 4.

  • 110g or more thick lean bacon or gammon cut into small pieces.

  • 7 balls of tagliatelle or pasta for 2

  • 1 onion, sliced small

  • Oil to cook

  • Half a cup full of frozen peas

  • 25g butter

  • 25g plain flour

  • 600ml milk

  • Big pinch of salt

  • Good grind of pepper

  1. Put the pasta on to boil in water (some people add salt and a splash of oil. I don’t). Cook about 8 minutes until soft.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a pan and saute the bacon and the onion for about 4 minutes and add the frozen peas and cook for another couple of minutes, stirring.
  3. Make the sauce by melting the butter in a separate sauce pan and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 to 2 mins and then gradually add the milk whilst whisking on the heat until desired thickness. Season to taste.
  4. Stir the bacon mix into the sauce.
  5. Drain the pasta and serve.

What are your favourite cheap pasta dishes that you make when time is short?

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